Here’s a list of Charlie Crist’s most conservative moments:
1. Crist earned the nickname “Chain Gang Charlie” during his time as attorney general of Florida. Crist, who wanted to be considered tough on crime, was instrumental in re-instituting chain gangs for Florida felons.
2. When running against Marco Rubio in the 2010 Republican primary for Senate, he brushed aside the idea that he wasn’t a true conservative: “I’m an anti-tax, pro-life, pro-gun Republican . . . I’ve never voted for a new tax. . . . If that’s not conservative, I don’t know what is.” Indeed.
3. Before he left the Republican party in 2010, Crist’s website read, “Charlie Crist supports making the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts permanent. If given the opportunity, Charlie Crist will vote to make permanent tax cuts within individual income brackets, a permanent tax cut on capital gains, a permanent end to the unfair death tax and the end of the unfair marriage tax penalty.” A record Grover Norquist could be proud of.
4. Crist consistently received high marks from the Florida NRA.